NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates at Friday Harbor Labs with Dr. Sandy Wyllie-Echeverria and Dr. Peter Swarzenski
Submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) occurs when groundwater enters intertidal or nearshore systems because of differences in water pressure between the groundwater and the marine water above (because it’s low tide, for example). With Dr. Swarzenski, from the USGS, I deployed instruments in several bays in the San Juan Islands to test how much SGD was occurring at these locations. Under the guidence of Dr. Wyllie-Echeverria, I also designed a unique, soil-free mesocosm to see how elevated nitrate (e.g. from SGD inputs) could affect Zostera marina (eelgrass) physiology.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
I worked under Shannon Jarrell to determine how the effects of runoff and human trampling may be affecting intertidal turf communities. I got really good at identifying the small invertebrates that live in algal turf.